X-rays are like light or radio waves that take a picture of the inside of your body. X-rays pass through the body part under examination. Bone will appear white on the film, while soft tissues will appear gray, and air will appear black on film. X-rays are the oldest imaging procedure used in a hospital. X-rays are a painless outpatient test that helps doctors' diagnosis or treat various medical conditions.
X-rays can help a doctor diagnosis a broken or fractured bone, identify abnormal bone growth or bone diseases, locate foreign objects, identify chest problems, identify lower and upper GI tract problems, or aid in various interventional procedures.
Before the Procedure
No special preparation is required, unless directed by your physician. You may be asked to remove anything with metal such as jewelry, glasses, wallets, or clothing that may interfere with an x-ray image. Women, remember to tell you physician if you think you may be pregnant before the test begins.
X-rays are a painless outpatient test. X-rays are provided in the Hospital's Radiology Department. An X-ray technologist, specially trained in radiology x-rays, will perform the exam. The technologist will position you on the x-ray table. Sandbags or pillows may be used to help you hold your position during the x-ray.
The technologist will walk behind a wall or into another room to take the picture. Remember to hold very still during the exam so the picture is not blurred.
After the Procedure
The technologist will verify the quality of the x-ray image before you leave. The x-ray images will be provided to a radiologist (a doctor that specializes in reading x-rays) to review. The Radiologist will provide the results to your designated health care provider or practitioner.
For an appointment, call 718.780.5950.